Tuesday, 27 October 2015

Packing for a Scrapbooking Retreat with Printable Checklist

Now that you have your projects planned for your scrapbooking retreat, it's time to pack up those supplies. If you missed part 1 of this series where I talked about planning for a retreat, you can find it here.

Packing for a scrapbooking retreat can get out of hand. You may feel like you need to bring everything you own.  In reality, if you are well prepared, you can get away with bringing very little.  Before I begin, I'd just like to say that I wrote this list based on a retreat where all the food and lodging are included.  I also didn't include any personal items. However, I strongly recommend comfortable clothes - sweats, leggings, pyjamas - whatever you are most comfortable in:)

Packing for a Scrapbooking Retreat:
Some of these supplies can be shared if you are going with a friend or two. It's nice to coordinate with a friend so that you aren't bringing the same supplies. That way you each have less to pack but still have a nice assortment of supplies to choose from.

  • Paper cutter and blade refills - this seems obvious but I forgot mine one year:(
  • Adhesives - Snail, dimensionals, glue dots, tear tape, crystal effects, hot glue (if needed). Remember you are crafting all weekend so you will go through a lot. Most retreats will have someone who has some available to purchase but if not, make sure you bring plenty of refills.
  • Scissors, tweezers and paper piercing tool 
  • Ruler
  • Stapler and extra staples
  • Stamps and inks based on the projects you've pre-planned. I always bring my carousel of inks because then I have all of them and they are easily accessible.
  • Stampin' scrub and cleaner and/or baby wipes
  • Project packs - the bundles with the supplies that you prepped during the planning stage.
  • Kits and or a colouring book are a good idea for those times when you are lacking inspiration.
  • Photos
  • Current album or the album you are working on
  • Extra album pages or pocket pages
  • Project Life cards if you are using pocket pages
  • Heat tool and embossing powder
  • Die cut machine (like the Big Shot, Cricut or Silhouette) or find out if there will be a machine available to use.  If so, what it is and if you have specific dies you'd like to use over the weekend bring those along.
  • Punches: again coordinate with friends who are going so that you have access to a larger assortment. However, you definitely want to bring the ones that go with your pre-planned projects.
  • Embellishments/ephemera: if you've done up project packs, most of what you need should be included in your packages but it's a good idea to throw in a few of the things you use most often.  
  • In addition to my project packs, I also bring extra cardstock and patterned paper. 
    • My rule of thumb is two sheets each of the 12x12 sheets except white, vanilla and crumb cake - those ones are my most popular backgrounds so I usually bring an entire package of those. 
    • Same with 8-1/2x11 - I will bring a couple sheets of every colour and lots of the colours I use most often.
    • For patterned paper, I normally bring anything that goes with any themed type projects I'm working on (vacation, Christmas etc.) but I also bring most of my current Stampin' Up! stock as well. 
  • If you do any mixed media, you'll need a cup for water, paper towels, paint, brushes, misting bottles, stencils and anything else you may use.
  • Laptop/iPad
  • Headphones: these are nice if you are watching videos and don't want to disturb others or if you want to listen to your own music:)
  • Light - some retreats may not have great lighting, unless you are familiar with the set up, you may want to include a desk lamp or OTT light.
  • Kleenex
  • Baby wipes
  • Scrap paper
 In my experience, I've found that even if you've forgotten something, there is usually someone who has something that will work or has an idea on how you can get around using it. Very rarely will it put an end to the project completely.

I've created a printable checklist for you, just click on the photos and print them off.

Have a creative day!

Note: if I've forgotten anything that is obvious, please let me know and I will add it to the checklist!

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